SUNY Delhi to Join the North Atlantic Conference as Associate Member in Six Sports
Waterville, Maine -- The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) announced it will add the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi as an associate member in six sports, as confirmed by the NAC President’s Council. The Broncos will begin competition under the NAC banner this spring, competing in the 2018 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championships.
Along with participation in track and field, Delhi will join the NAC in men’s golf, men’s lacrosse, and men’s tennis in 2018-19, while also participating in women’s tennis in the 2019-20 season.
"We are thrilled to have SUNY Delhi join the North Atlantic Conference as an associate member, said NAC Commissioner Marcella Zalot. “Delhi is a good competitive fit for the NAC. They will assist the conference by solidifying our numbers in several sports and will enhance the quality of competition in these sports. The NAC in turn will help SUNY Delhi by providing a quality athletic conference for a number of their programs. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know their leadership and I welcome their student athletes and coaches into the conference.”
The addition of SUNY Delhi to men’s and women’s track and field this spring will increase the number of participating teams to eight for both genders, while the Broncos will compete as the eleventh team in the 2018 men’s golf championship next fall. Delhi will contend against six other team’s in men’s lacrosse and four other men’s tennis teams next spring. In 2019-20, the Broncos will be the seventh NAC women’s tennis program.
"SUNY Delhi Athletics would like to thank Commissioner Zalot and the conference membership for the official acceptance into the North Atlantic Conference,” stated Delhi Director of Athletics Robert Backus. “We are very pleased and excited to join the North Atlantic Conference as an associate member. This affiliation will provide an excellent opportunity for several of our sponsored athletics programs to compete at the NCAA Division III level. More importantly, this will benefit our student-athletes overall and allow them the opportunity to compete on a level playing field against conference member institutions."
SUNY Delhi will retain its full-time membership with the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball and softball. This move is the latest development in the Broncos’ transition to NCAA Division III, in which they were accepted as provisional members starting next year. Full-time membership is slated for 2021-22.
The North Atlantic Conference was founded in 1997 as the North Atlantic Women's Conference (NAWC), giving female student-athletes an opportunity to compete in a post-season tournament. The NAWC was then rebranded as the North Atlantic Conference in 1999. The NAC currently sponsors 17 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports in Division III of the NCAA, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field and women's volleyball.